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  • How Democracies Die

    The International Bestseller: What History Reveals About Our Future

    'The most important book of the Trump era' The EconomistHow does a democracy die?What can we do to save our own?What lessons does history teach us?In the 21st century democracy is threatened like never before.Drawing insightful lessons from across history - from Pinochet's murderous Chilean regime to Erdogan's quiet dismantling in Turkey - Levitsky and Ziblatt explain why democracies fail, how ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Righteous Mind

    Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

    'A landmark contribution to humanity's understanding of itself' The New York TimesWhy can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a different moral universe? Why do ideas such as 'fairness' and 'freedom' mean such different things to different people? Why is it so hard to see things from another viewpoint? Why do we come to blows over politics and religion?Jonathan Haidt ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The World Turned Upside Down

    The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power

    In what we tell ourselves is an age of reason, we are behaving increasingly irrationally. An astonishing number of people subscribe to celebrity endorsed cults, Mayan armageddon prophecies, scientism, and other varieties of new age, anti-enlightenment philosophies. Millions more advance popular conspiracy theories: AIDS was created in a CIA laboratory, Princess Diana was assassinated, and the 9/11 ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • The Right Side of History

    How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

    by Ben Shapiro ...
    A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Human beings have never had it better than we have it now in the West. So why are we on the verge of throwing it all away?In 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California–Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required to protect his speech. What was so frightening about Shapiro? He came to argue that Western ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Betrayal

    The Crisis In the Catholic Church: The Findings of the Investigation That Inspired the Major Motion Picture Spotlight

    THE BOOK WHICH INSPIRED SPOTLIGHT, 2016 WINNER OF THE BEST PICTURE OSCAR AND THE BEST SCREENPLAY OSCARThis is the true story of how a small group of courageous journalists uncovered child abuse on a vast scale - and held the Catholic Church to account. Betrayal is a ground-breaking work of investigative journalism, now brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Priestdaddy

    A Memoir

    'Priestdaddy caused a sensation when it hit bookshelves in 2017' Vogue'Glorious' Sunday Times'Laugh-out-loud funny' The Times'Extraordinary' Observer'Exceptional' Telegraph'Electric' New York Times'Snort-out-loud' Financial Times'Dazzling'</stron... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • In the Closet of the Vatican

    Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy; THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    Translated by Shaun Whiteside ...
    The New York Times Bestseller'[An] earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption' - National Catholic ReporterIn the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power.The celibacy of priests, the ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • The Islamic Republic of Australia

    by Sami Shah ...
    From hijabs to jihad and everything in between -- Muslims down under todayWhat is Halal? A country bordering Shariahland, or a method of preparing food?Do the Five Pillars of Islam comply with modern building codes? Or are they simply a philosophy for living?And if Muslims first arrived in Australia as early as 1800, can they go back to where they came from?In this funny and informative ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Son of Hamas

    A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    Son of Hamas is now available in softcover with an all-new chapter about events since the book’s release such as the revelation of Mosab’s Israeli intelligence handler’s true identity, and Homeland Security’s effort to deport the author.Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD

  • The Two Popes

    Official Tie-in to Major New Film Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins

    On 28 February 2013, a 600-year-old tradition was shattered: the conservative Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement. He would resign. Reeling from the news, the College of Cardinals rushed to Rome to congregate in the Sistine Chapel to pick his successor. Their unlikely choice? Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,200 years, a one time tango club bouncer, a passionate football fan, ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Hitchens vs Blair

    Be it resolved religion is a force for good in the world

    Two formidable minds. One powerfully charged debate.'An intellectual faceoff.Full of sharp humour, and a little pathos.' - Guardian'A heated, stimulating and informative debate on a subject as current as it gets.' - Globe and MailOn November 26, 2010, intellectual juggernaut and staunch atheist Christopher Hitchens went head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Western ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Headscarves and Hymens

    Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

    by Mona Eltahawy ...
    'Shocking, heartfelt and well-researched' New Statesman'A ground-shaping book that defines the edge of so many vital contemporary debates. Hers is a voice simultaneously behind and beyond the veil' Colum McCann'A fascinating, can't-look-away, whistle-stop tour of the Middle East' Daily Telegraph'Brave and impassioned . . . A shocking book, and one that will make anyone who has seen veiling ... ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Radical

    My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

    by Maajid Nawaz ...
    Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. While studying for his Arabic and law degree, he travelled around the ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • The Fire Next Time

    by James Baldwin ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    'A seminal meditation on race by one of our greatest writers' Barack Obama'We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation'James Baldwin's impassioned plea to 'end the racial nightmare' in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Told in the form of two intensely ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Blood and Oil

    Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power: 'The Explosive New Book'

    'If you've ever wondered what would happen if limitless money met limitless power, wonder no longer, it's all here ... Terrifying, disturbing and ghastly' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland'Explosive' The Times'[A] Crisp page-turner of a book teeming with telling detail ... Splendid' Financial Times**'The fascinating and highly entertaining tale ... Fly-on-the-wall reporting and... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Wahhabi Code

    How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally

    by Terence Ward ...
    An Eye-Opening, Concise Look at the Source of the Current Wave of Terrorism, How it Spread, and Why the West Did NothingLifting the mask of international terrorism, Terence Ward reveals a sinister truth. Far from being “the West’s ally in the War on Terror,” Saudi Arabia is in reality the largest exporter of Wahhabism—the severe, ultra-conservative sect of Islam that is both Saudi Arabia’s ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • Behind the Exclusive Brethren

    Out of nowhere in 2004, an obscure religious sect burst onto the political stage in Australia. Almost unheard of until then, the Exclusive Brethren was suddenly spending up big in election advertising in support of conservative political parties. But its members were shy to the point of paranoia about who they were — preferring, as they said, to ‘fly under the radar’. Brethren members assiduously ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • How Civil Wars Start

    And How to Stop Them

    Civil wars are the biggest danger to world peace today - this book shows us why they happen, and how to avoid them.'When one of the world's leading scholars of civil war tells us that a country is on the brink of violent conflict, we should pay attention' Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies DieWe are now living in the world's greatest era of civil wars. While violence has declined ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • A New Ireland

    How Europe's Most Conservative Country Became Its Most Liberal

    by Niall O'Dowd ...
    It’s not your father’s Ireland. Not anymore. A story of modern revolution in Ireland told by the founder of IrishCentral, Irish America magazine, and the Irish Voice newspaper.In a May 2019 countrywide referendum, Ireland voted overwhelmingly to make abortion legal; three years earlier, it had done the same with same-sex marriage, becoming the only country in the world to pass such a law by ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

  • Agrippina

    Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore

    by Emma Southon ...
    They said she was a tyrant, a murderer, and "the most wicked woman in history."She kicked her way into the male spaces of politics and demanded to be recognised as an equal and an leader. For her audacity, she was murdered by her son and reviled by history.She was the sister, niece, wife and mother of emperors. She was an empress in her own right. And she was a nuanced, fearless trail-blazer in ... Read more

    $5.99 AUD

  • Summary: The End of Faith

    Review and Analysis of Sam Harris's Book

    The must-read summary of Sam Harris’s book: “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason”.This complete summary of “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason” by Sam Harris, a prominent American philosopher and writer, presents his examination of the dangers of faith and organized religion in society. In his book, the author states that he believes these to be ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Santamaria

    A Most Unusual Man

    B.A. Santamaria was one of the most controversial Australians of our time. An ardent anti-Communist and devout Catholic, he was fiercely intelligent and a natural leader, polarising the community into loyal followers and committed opponents.In the 1940s Santamaria created the anti-Communist organisation 'The Movement'. In the 1950s he was a key figure in the tumultuous split of the Australian ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered

    One Woman's Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem

    On a night in 1999 when Sarah Tuttle-Singer was barely 18, she was stoned by Palestinian kids just outside one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. In the years that followed, she was terrified to explore the ancient city she so loved.But, sick of living in fear, she has now chosen to live within the Old City's walls, living in each of the four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • Going Dark

    The Secret Social Lives of Extremists

    by Julia Ebner ...
    A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR'Engaging and visceral ... Reads like a thriller' Financial Times'Riveting and often deeply disturbing ... A punch to the stomach' Sunday Times'Ebner has done some gutsy, thought-provoking research' Sunday Telegraph'Fascinating and important' SpectatorBy day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremis... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD